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Application Requirements

The applicant must be:
A.  A good student (verified by secondary school or college transcripts)
B. An individual who has achieved at least an intermediate level of English language proficiency (verified by an official score report for an internationally recognized English exam such as TOEFL)
C. At least 18 years of age (verified by a government issued certificate, license, or passport)

A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 43 (or the equivalent) is required of all admitted IEP students prior to their arrival on campus. All students will be re-tested for placement when they arrive on the university campus for IEP orientation. Examples of other acceptable standardized test scores are noted here.

To acquire an F-1 (Full-time Study) visa or the J-1 (Just-for-Exchange) visa, all citizens of nations outside the USA must show proof of financial support totaling the TCU estimates on the page here.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Submit an application online
  2. Submit a form for proof of financial support (for the Form I-20 or the DS-2019, if the F or J visa is required. This is available for download here: Likewise, the estimated amounts to be shown on the form can be found here:
  3. Submit a scanned copy of the following:A. transcripts;
    B. official English test score report; and
    C. passport page (showing photo and birth date)
  4. Submit application fees (upon verified admissibility):
    $50 application fee
    $500 deposit 
  5. $50 shipping fee (This fee is to send the I-20 to student’s home country for his or her visa interview.)

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning with applications for the January 2019 semester, TCU will cover the costs of the $50 application fee and the $50 shipping fee and will waive the $500 deposit. Furthermore, TCU is extending the application deadline for January 2019 to the 20th of November 2018. This is in hopes to offset some of the costs the US federal government is proposing to add to the increasingly difficult process of procuring the F1 “full time study” visa for “language studies.”

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The Intensive English Program at TCU is offering No Cost English Classes for Refugees.

Session NameApplication Deadline (MM/DD/YY)Session Orientation and TestingSession Start DateSession End Date
Spring Semester 11/10/1801/10/1901/14/1905/10/19
Summer Session03/22/1905/16/1905/20/1907/12/19
Fall Semester06/21/1908/22/1908/26/1912/13/19

To see the specific Intensive English Program and the Bachelor’s Program weekly ESL class schedule, please click here:
To see the general calendar for TCU, please click here.